It’s been pretty slow on the blogging front lately and I am really starting to lag on posting updates. Things have been pretty quiet as we will be packing out in a couple of months and have generally been sticking around the city. One of the items on our final list was to make it back out to IRTRA and the Xocomil water park, which we did this past Memorial Day weekend.

We had such a great time on our first visit and this could very well be our last get-a-way before we leave. This time around we found out about asking for a friend of IRTRA discount which meant we were able to get a suite for the same price as the one room on our first visit, which was much easier to manage since we only had DiploTot then. This go around we had DiploBoy and we also brought along Dulce for the extra help. We traveled out with some other friends from the embassy who live in our same neighborhood and had a great time.






A couple of weekends back we made a trip with friends out to the IRTRA resort near Retalhuleu, which includes a water park (Xocomil) and amusement park (Xetulul). Leaving on a Friday afternoon, it is about a 3 to 3.5 hour drive depending on traffic. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect, but I ended up completely impressed with the parks and the resort. We’d even go back and just stay at the resort as there are also tons of nice pools, mini-golf, a spa and multiple restaurants.

One of DiploTot’s favorite things from the weekend was the peacocks, which quickly came to be called peetas and whenever we were walking on the resort, she was on the lookout for them.


Here is a typical reaction upon sighting.


Getting ready to catch the train over to Xocomil.



Xocomil had a ton of great slides, again I was totally impressed.


Enjoying the pool back at the resort.


Late Saturday afternoon we went to check out Xetulul. This was the place to see and be seen for the locals. There were tons of families out and all the requisite teenagers dressed up and looking to meets girls and boys. The entire park is themed to different countries and had an impressive number of rides.




Staying cool.


DiploMom had seen a ton of photos from applicants for immigrant visas in front of the Trevi Fountain and what do you know, we finally discovered it.


It was a great weekend. The best part of driving back on Sunday is that we were on the road during the World Cup final. Getting back into Guatemala City was a breeze and only took 2.5 hours, and hour less than on Friday.